Our Cabinet’s education credentials

I would firstly like to say that I am neutral on the subject of whether it is a good idea that the vast majority of our Cabinet attended Oxford or Cambridge. I am much more worried about the lack of representation for women and some of the views held by people in the new Cabinet. This is just meant to be a one-stop source of information on the interesting subject of the education of our cabinet.

  • David Cameron – Brasenose College, Oxford – PPE (Politics, Philosophy and Economics)
  • Nick Clegg – Robinson College, Cambridge – Arch & Anth
  • George Osbourne – Magdalen College, Oxford – Modern History
  • Theresa May – St Hugh’s College, Oxford – Geography
  • William Hague – Magdalen College, Oxford – PPE
  • Vince Cable –  Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge -Natural Sciences, switched to Economics
  • Andrew Mitchell – Jesus College, Cambridge – History
  • Philip Hammond – University College, Oxford – PPE
  • Michael Gove – Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford – English
  • Ed Davey – Jesus College, Oxford – PPE
  • Owen Paterson – Corpus Christi College, Cambridge – History
  • Jeremy Hunt – Magdalen College, Oxford – PPE
  • Chris Grayling – Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge – History
  • Theresa Villiers – (first degree in law at Bristol), then Bachelor of Civil Law from Jesus College, Oxford
  • Danny Alexander – St Anne’s College, Oxford – PPE
  • Ken Clarke – Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge – Law
  • Dominic Grieve – Magdalen College, Oxford – History


  • Eric Pickles – Leeds Polytechnic – Law
  • Grant Shapps – Manchester Polytechnic  – Business and Finance
  • Maria Miller – London School of Economics – Economics
  • Justine Greening – University of Southampton – Economics
  • Michael Moore – Edinburgh University –Politics and Modern History
  • Patrick McLoughlin – Staffordshire College of Agriculture
  • David Jones – University College London – Law
  • Iain Duncan Smith – Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
  • Andrew Lansley – University of Exeter – Politics
  • Lord Strathclyde – University of East Anglia – ?


Oxbridge alumni – 17/27 (or 16, if you don’t count Villiers as her undergrad was at Bristol)

Cambridge Alumni – 6/27

Oxford alumni – 11/27 (or ten, if you don’t count Villiers as her undergrad was at Bristol)

PPE graduates – 6/27

Magdalen College, Oxford graduates – 4/27

There are more Oxford PPE graduates on our Cabinet than women.

2 thoughts on “Our Cabinet’s education credentials

  1. aj

    dont forget that the following also did PPE at Oxford?

    Alan Duncan, Minister for International Development
    Chris Huhne, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
    David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science
    Steve Webb, Minister of State for Pensions
    Elizabeth Truss,
    Matthew Hancock,

    And Grant Shapps didnt get a degree, he did his HND at Manchester poly

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